Ohio, N. Illinois picked as MAC preseason favorites

This Dec. 5, 2014 photo shows Northern Illinois head coach Rod Carey watching from the sidelines during the first half of the Mid-American Conference championship NCAA college football game against Bowling Green in Detroit. Ohio and Northern Illinois were tabbed by voters as divisional favorites in the Mid-American Conference preseason poll. The MAC held its football media day Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at Ford Field in Detroit, which is also the site of the Nov. 30 conference championship game. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

DETROIT (AP) — Northern Illinois is hoping to re-establish its recent run of Mid-American Conference dominance with a return to the Motor City in November.

Undersized Hesse delivering for Iowa’s defensive line

Iowa defensive end Parker Hesse speaks during Big Ten Conference NCAA college football media days in Chicago, Tuesday, July 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Annie Rice)

CHICAGO (AP) — Parker Hesse was lightly recruited coming out of Waukon High School in the northeast corner of Iowa. He played all over for the Indians and captained the team as a senior, but he heard mostly from Missouri Valley and Division I-AA programs when he started examining his options for college.

Broncos picked to win MWC Mountain Division

Boise State redshirt freshman quarterback Chase Cord drops back to pass during the annual Spring Game on April 14 at Albertsons Stadium. Chris Bronson / Idaho Press

LAS VEGAS — The Boise State football team is the unanimous pick to win the Mountain Division, and both quarterback Brett Rypien and returner Avery Williams took home preseason Player of the Year honors in balloting released Tuesday morning at the start of the Mountain West Media Summit.

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